Ferguson: Costly Errors

The Red Devils have won just once on the road in the Premier League so far this season, with six draws having frustrated all concerned.Ferguson

Points have been dropped in uncharacteristic fashion, with United renowned for their ability to grind out positive results.

Their troubles away from Old Trafford continued on Tuesday when they were hammered 4-0 by West Ham in the Carling Cup quarter-finals.

Ferguson admits that United cannot afford any similar slip-ups in the future, even if the side he fielded at Upton Park was far from full strength.

He said: “We need to start kicking on and trying to close the door.

“We’ve given away a lot of silly goals and until we get that right we’ll continue to be inconsistent in terms of our form away from home.”


Ferguson is still reeling from the cup thumping at West Ham but is confident that those on show in the capital will have learnt from that humbling experience.

The legendary Scot has been around long enough to know how important it is to blood youngsters in big games and hopes the experience they have picked up will stand United in good stead as the battle for honours at home and abroad hots up.

“A few years from now these young players will go down there (West Ham) and win that game,” said Ferguson.

“That is what experience gives you. It was not a 4-0 scoreline. We had the most possession, we had the most entries into the penalty box.

“They had six strikes at goal and scored four. We defended poorly. You cannot afford that in a cup tie.”

On United’s efforts to reclaim the top flight title they surrendered to Chelsea last season, Ferguson added: “The league’s been wide open so far and it’s definitely possible that could still be the case at the turn of the year.

“It’s another indication that it’s a different league now and we’ve certainly seen a lot of surprising results.”

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